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Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

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Genesee County Farmers Fairing Better Than Orleans and Wyoming Farmers. $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 Average Farm Income for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. 1987 1997 +131% +89% -6% Real farm income in Genesee County more than doubled between 1987 and 1997. While Orleans County also posted impressive growth in net farm income, Wyoming County actually saw farm income slip slightly over the ten-year period. $20,000 $10,000 $0 Genesee Orleans Wyoming Source: U.S. Census of Agriculture . Data in 1997 dollars, using Prices Paid by Farmers Index. The percent change in farm income between 1987 and 1997 is shown on the chart. Agricultural Trends Profile for Genesee County, New York 12

Farm Income Strength Keeps Farmers Working on the Farm. Proportion of Farms (%) 70 60 50 40 30 20 Proportion of Farms with Off-Farm Employment for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. 1987 1997 Low farm incomes in Wyoming County forced more farmers to seek off-farm employment. In 1987, 44 percent of Wyoming farmers had off-farm employment and in 1997, that number had grown to nearly 50 percent. Genesee County has managed to keep the proportion of farmers employed off the farm relatively stable at 51 percent, while Orleans County actually had off-farm employment fall from 55 to 51 percent. 10 Source: U.S. Census of Agriculture . 0 Genesee Orleans Wyoming Agricultural Trends Profile for Genesee County, New York 13

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